Thai Airways has added a fourth daily flight on its non-stop Bangkok-Tokyo Narita service, providing travellers with another late night departure from Bangkok and an early morning departure out of Tokyo.
The new flight out of Bangkok, TG626, departs the Thai capital at 2335 and arrives in Tokyo at 0745 the following morning, while the returning TG627 leaves Tokyo at 0945 – now the earliest flight on Thai Airways’ route – and lands back in Bangkok at 1415.
The full schedule for all four daily flights is as follows:
|TG676||Bangkok (BKK)||Tokyo (NRT)||0735||1545||Daily||A380|
|TG627||Tokyo (NRT)||Bangkok (BKK)||0945||1415||Daily||A330|
The new daily flights will be operated by the airline’s Airbus A330-300, similar to the existing TG640/TG641 flights. Thai Airways has three configurations for its A330s, though all include two classes comprising Royal Silk business class seats laid out in a 2-2-2 format. These seats only recline to a lie-flat position rather than fully flat beds, and offer a total pitch (legroom) of 58 inches and a width of 20 inches.
In terms of seat products, however, the other two daily flights are superior – notably because they offer fully flat business class beds that are laid out in a 1-2-1 format, enabling all passengers in the cabin to have direct aisle access.
Flights TG642/TG643 are operated by the airline’s newest Airbus aircraft, the A350-900, which features a business class cabin laid out in a staggered 1-2-1 format with seats offering a 73.5-inch bed that’s 21 inches wide.
As for TG676/TG677, these are operated by the airline’s double-decker A380 superjumbo. These similarly offer a business class cabin that’s laid out 1-2-1 (though not in a staggered format) and fully recline to a 73.5-inch bed, though unlike the A350’s business class seats these are only 20 inches wide.
However, the key offering the superjumbo provides is a Royal First Class cabin with 12 seats. Also configured in a 1-2-1 format, the first class seats fully recline to offer a 78-inch bed that’s 27 inches wide.
While the additional daily flight is indeed useful, travellers who are attracted to the time slots of the new service but have a little leeway in their schedule may prefer to choose the A350-operated TG642/TG643 flights in order to get the superior business class seats while still flying at somewhat similar times.
Thai Airways has been taking delivery of its A350 aircraft since August 2016, though this isn’t the newest addition to its fleet. In September 2017, the airline took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, which it began flying on its Bangkok-Taipei route.
Last month, the airline courted some controversy by confirming it would be introducing a waistline restriction of 56 inches (142.24cm) on passengers flying business class on board its new Dreamliners.
A spokesperson for the airline stated this was due to the airline’s decision to install airbags in the seatbelts, which have to be a set length in order to comply with US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards.